Here are some strategies for making and keeping, your home and vehicle smoke free:
- Let every caregiver (including teenage babysitters) know that you don’t allow your children to be in smoke-filled environments. That means no smoking in your home but also no visits to smoky coffee shops.
- If you are pregnant make your home smoke free and let people know that your home will continue to be a smoke free environment after your baby arrives.
- Iif you live with a smoker, be supportive of efforts to quit but be firm about your own right to live in a smoke free home.
- Ask a smoker to smoke outside but agree to sit outside or go for a walk with her to show you’re not rejecting her, just the smoke.
- If you’re a smoker, try to explain what the addiction is like. Be honest about your own worries and feelings of guilt.
- Accept the fact that kids have a right to a smoke free home. Be open to discussing how, as a family, you will achieve that goal.
Source: Health Canada